Félix de la Concha: Hermitage Artist Intrigue
Sarasota, FL – Spanish master-artist Félix de la Concha unveils recently completed paintings, created during his six-week residency at the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida. Exhibited at Alfstad& Contemporary, Hermitage Artist Intrigue is comprised of 12 oil-on-linen paintings showing different aspects of one of the five artists’ buildings of the Hermitage, plus one painting done from its interior. “I became absorbed by my surroundings at the Hermitage,” says de la Concha. “My creativity was fueled by the natural beauty and serenity of the Hermitage grounds – the "old Florida" structures, the trees, the water and the waves.”
World renowned for his paintings always done on site, de la Concha’s work explores the relationship between images and reality. “Though the subject doesn’t move, the world around it does – the sunlight, clouds, shadows,” he says.
“To most people, buildings look the same day-after-day,” de la Concha says. “To me, they are continually changing – and in the most profound way.” His work at the Hermitage provides viewers with an evolution of creativity as seen from various views, by an artist keenly attuned to the nuances of light and shadow and subtle color shifts.
“I had no preconceived idea of what I would create while I was there. I became inspired. It was beautiful – no limitations, all possibilities.”
“Anyone who loves the beaches and surf-infused light of Southwest Florida will be intrigued by Félix de la Concha’s canvases,” says Sam Alfstad. “Each painting glows.”
Also showing at Alfstad& Contemporary is Devil's Swamp: Paintings, Constructions, Serigraphs, Drawings & Videos by three-time Hermitage resident artist, Michael Wyshock. Influenced by the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, Devil’s Swamp features five never-before-seen, large-scale paintings and constructions, mid-size drawings, animation and videos and a series of prints created in collaboration with Alfstad& Contemporary.
Opening Night for Félix de la Concha: Hermitage Artist Intrigue is March 6th from 4:00 -8:00pm. The exhibition is free and runs through March 27th at Alfstad& Contemporary.